Patient Education – Orthodontic Treatment

Patient Education – Orthodontic Treatment

If you are reading this article, it is safe to assume you need to be welcomed to the world of braces. Congratulations! You are on your way to a gorgeous smile!

Wearing braces can take a little getting used to. It’s not difficult to take care of them, but there are specific TIPS and TRICKS that, if followed, will ensure you achieve your most beautiful smile as quickly as possible!orthodontist

Your teeth may become sore after braces are first placed in your mouth. You may also feel some soreness after adjustments. This discomfort is normal, and should subside completely within two to three days. There are, however, a couple things you can do to ease your discomfort.

(TRICK #1) Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water or taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as Tylenol or Advil will usually provide immediate relief.

Some irritation to your cheeks or tongue is also common and should subside soon.

(TRICK #2) We will provide you with wax to apply to irritating brackets to lessen tenderness.

(TIP #1) However, if you feel something sharp poking you, or if sores develop, call us immediately so that we can properly adjust your braces for a more comfortable fit.

The rubber bands that are often attached to braces are called elastics. Their job is to exert pressure so that your teeth slowly move to the desired location. Constant pressure is needed to obtain the best possible results.

(TIP #2) Therefore, you must carefully follow your orthodontist’s instructions about how to wear your elastics to ensure that your treatment goes as planned. Any time you fail to follow your doctor’s instructions your progress will be delayed which will make your treatment time longer. Please follow directions!

(TIPS #3-9) to help with elastics:

• Always wear your elastics exactly as instructed. You are responsible for this portion of your orthodontic treatment!
• Remove your elastics only when brushing your teeth and while you are eating.
• Replace your elastics immediately after brushing and/or meals.
• Always carry elastics with you, so if one breaks, you can replace it right away. When your elastics supply is low, call the office and we’ll mail you an additional supply of elastics.
• If you forget to insert your elastics one day, don’t double up the next day! Just continue to follow your normal routine, and try not to miss any additional days.
• It is very important to change your elastics as directed. Elastics need to be changed as directed, even if they are not broken. Rubber bands quickly lose their elasticity. Once the bands lose elasticity, they no longer provide the proper pressure on your teeth and jaws to make the necessary changes in your bite.
• If your elastics break frequently, a wire or band becomes loose, or a hook breaks off, call our office immediately. Don’t wait until your next appointment. These problems need to be corrected as soon as possible.Orthodontist

A palatal expander is a commonly used orthodontic device. It is used to widen the upper jaw so that the bottom and upper teeth will fit together better.

You will need to make a few changes in your eating habits while wearing braces. Many hard foods can damage or break your braces.

(TIP #10) Hard or sticky foods are the most likely culprits when brackets or wires are damaged while eating. Habits like biting your nails, or chewing on pencils can also damage your braces. With proper care and attention you can avoid broken or damaged braces or appliances. If you have many broken brackets, your treatment time may become longer. Additionally, excessive replacement of broken brackets and wires can result in additional charges.

(TIPS #11-17) for eating with braces:

• Do not eat hard foods such as nuts, ice, or crisp taco shells.
• Cut hard fruits and raw veggies, such as apples or carrots, into pieces instead of eating them whole.
• Avoid eating popcorn, and cut corn off of the cob before eating.
• Avoid sticky foods of any sort.
• Absolutely do NOT chew gum, sugarless or otherwise.
• Minimize sugar intake.
• Minimize consumption of soda.

Sticky Foods:

• Caramels
• Sugar Daddies
• Starbursts
• Caramel Apples
• Sugar Babies
• Licorice
• Toffee
• Tootsie Rolls
• Now & Laters

Hard Foods:

• Nuts
• Popcorn
• Bagels
• Apples
• Corn on the Cob
• Pizza Crusts
• Carrots (uncooked)
• Doritos
• Pretzels

You will probably notice that it is a little harder to keep your teeth clean while wearing braces. Food can get lodged in between brackets and between your teeth. It’s always important to thoroughly brush and floss your teeth, but when you wear braces these habits are especially important! If plaque remains on your teeth for any length of time, it will leave a permanent white scar on the surface of your tooth.

(TRICK #3) Therefore, brushing after meals should become a regular part of your daily routine.

(TIPS #18-26):

• Use a soft toothbrush with firm pressure. Brush your teeth at a 45-degree angle to the tooth. (TRICK #4) Brush the lower teeth using an upward angle from the gums and brush the upper teeth using a downward angle from the gums.
• Brush in small circles above and below the brackets.
• Brush each tooth and your gum line for about 10 seconds a piece.
• Brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth.
• Braces are hard on toothbrushes and cause them to wear out faster! Replace your toothbrush as soon as the bristles start to fray.
• You may find a water pick to be helpful in cleaning your braces, but remember that it will not remove plaque and that brushing is still important.
• We recommend Sonicare toothbrushes, which are very effective in removing food particles and plaque.
• Don’t forget to floss… Every day!
• Carefully pull waxed floss between the wire and the braces, and around each tooth.
If you follow these tips and tricks, you will be on your way to a beautiful, bright smile in no time!

Orthodontic Treatment – What Is A TAD?

What is a TAD?

TAD is an acronym for “temporary anchorage device”. The TAD is a miniature implant that we position in the mouth. It serves as an anchor for moving specific teeth in the most controlled and predictable way possible. TADs are made of a sterile medical-grade titanium alloy. They can eliminate cumbersome appliances (e.g., headgear) and allow us to treat certain cases that were nearly impossible before this technique was refined. TADs also allow us to treat cases better and faster than ever before. TADs are truly revolutionizing orthodontic treatment.OrthodontistMore on this website

How exactly is the TAD positioned?
Gentle pressure is used to insert the TAD into the jaw bone between specified teeth.

Having a TAD placed sounds painful. Should I be worried?
Absolutely not! It is common to ask if the procedure is painful but it is actually pain-free. You may feel slight pressure during insertion… but no pain. The entire procedure takes only a few seconds.

Do I need to get a shot?
No. This procedure is 100% pain free and needle free. You will first have a numbing gel applied to where the TAD is to be inserted. Then we spray a small amount of local anesthetic on the gums. The entire procedure is totally pain-free and there are no needles!visit her @

Will it hurt after the anesthetic wears off?
No. Some patients say they feel a little pressure for a short period afterward. Only a few patients have reported needing to use an over-the-counter medication such as Tylenol or Advil.

What if it aches the next day?
There is no call for alarm. Minor aching associated with new tooth movement is not only normal, but expected; however, if you have concerns, simply call our office or the after-hours number we provide and we’ll give you instructions and/or make an appointment to see you.

What if the TAD comes loose?
On occasion, a TAD might become a little loose. In most cases, this minor mobility is nothing to be concerned about; however, if you feel the TAD is excessively loose, or it is causing you discomfort, call the office and we’ll make an appointment to see you to determine if the amount of give is normal.

How do I keep it clean?
We’ll give you a solution with which you will brush the TAD twice daily with a toothbrush.

How long will the TAD need to stay in place?
As the name implies, the “temporary anchorage device” or TAD is temporary and is typically removed after a few months when it is no longer needed to assist in tooth movement.orthodontic treatment

Will it hurt when you remove it?
No. Before we remove it we will place numbing gel around the TAD and then back it out gently. The entire process takes only a few seconds.

I’ve never heard of TADs before. Are they new?
Not really. Orthodontists have used TADs since 1983 and oral surgeons and orthopedists have used miniature screws like this for decades longer. Recent refinements in the devices and the procedures for their use have propelled the application of TADs to a heightened level in orthodontics. With TADs, orthodontic treatment options have never been greater. We are proud to be at the forefront of this exciting technology and feel confident that your experience with it will be comfortable and the results exemplary. Visit this website

Outdoor Lighting – Different Light Sources For All Your Needs

With today’s various barn lights you may wish to examine whether the ones you are currently using are not costing you too much. There are plenty of reasons to check out lighting that might be more cost effective. With energy costs projected to continue to rise, it would be worthwhile to look in to low energy barn lights.

With many barn lights you typically have the basic equivalent of high output interior lighting. Yet, with a few modifications you can reduce the cost of your annual electrical expenditures while creating a more welcoming scene.Outdoor Lighting

Farm Lights

Farm lights are designed to be powerful enough to allow you to get everything you need to get done in a day. It doesn’t matter if there is natural light, the chores are there to be done regardless of the number of daylight hours you have at your disposal. More information here

With specialty barn lights you can get the same high power lighting while using less energy. In addition, there is no reason why you can’t create a beautiful atmosphere whether you use your barn for utilitarian purposes or as a decorative building.

Shed Lights

Attractive shed lights are often thought to be used for smaller sheds and mini-barns. Yet they are powerful enough to use in a working barn. They will often allow you to upgrade to a higher voltage fluorescent bulb, which will burn through less energy.

You can use higher voltage barn lights with a fluorescent bulb as well. This will allow you to have the full bright atmosphere you need while decreasing the cost to run them. Incandescent bulbs tend to throw out much more heat, and burn through sometimes twice the amount of electricity.

Before you have your next barn party or decorate for the holidays, consider the changes that you can make now to increase visibility while also increasing attractiveness. Just because it’s a barn doesn’t mean that there isn’t value in creating an ambiance.

String Lights

While many people use string lights around the perimeter of the barn to show it off, especially during the holiday season, this is also a practical way to help increase the visibility at a low voltage.

These lights offer you a continuous path in which to brighten your way.

Hanging additional lights gives you more options. Running each lighting combination into its own switch means that you can light up just part of the structure or you can brighten it up entirely. If you want to create a better environment, start with restructuring the wiring and the bulb configurations.landscape lighting

It does not take long to hang new barn lights and running the new ones into a new switch is easy. Your overall effect will be increased lighting with a decreasing electric bill. This is especially true if you switch light bulbs when you hang the new lights.

LED & Solar Lights

Large barns can benefit from the metal halide lighting while smaller barns can be improved with some of the LED lights that are slowly becoming available. LED lights are not powerful enough to add more than accent lighting. Solar lighting is improving as well, which could be the best answer of all.

As the industry changes and the attention shifts from the current technology to improving upon what could be available the prospect of using LED and solar lighting for barns of all sizes improves. It could happen very soon.

With barn lights that are well crafted, attractive, and energy efficient you may find more uses for the building than you thought possible. When you are not worried about running the lights you are more apt to allow for further developments to happen. Throw a party, decorate it, and have fun with this unique structure that you’re lucky enough to have. Please visit this website